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CCT Adjourns Saraki’s Trial to Feb 8

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), in Abuja, yesterday, adjourned further hearing on the 16-count charge pending against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, till February 9.

The Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal adjourned on a day the second prosecution witness, Mr. Amazu Nwachukwu, denied having prior knowledge of some of the evidence the Federal Government adduced against the defendant.

Nwachukwu, who is head of the fund transfer unit of the Guaranty Trust Ban (GTB), made the denial while being cross-examined by Saraki’s legal team led by Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN).

The witness told the tribunal that the documents which chronicled some of the transfers Saraki allegedly made to offshore bank accounts while he held sway as governor of Kwara State, never emanated from him.

He said he only saw the documents when the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), handed them to him to read during the trial.

The witness further told the tribunal that some of the documents relating to transfers Saraki made to both the United Kingdom and the United States of America through GTB, were gutted by fire in 2011, saying he did not have the opportunity of going through the documents before they were destroyed.

Asked by the prosecution during re-examination to explain how he got hold of documents he sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, when he was interrogated, the witness said:  “I was not the officer responsible for the purported documents forwarded to EFCC and I have no knowledge of that.”

Contrary to his earlier testimony that an operator of a credit card must have a bank account, Nwachukwu said the issuer of Saraki’s credit card was not a bank.

He said, “I have made it clear that I never worked with the Fortis Bank of London, I do not know how they number their customers’ accounts and I do not have any knowledge of any foreign account belonging to Saraki.

“I do not have any account with Fortis bank, I never had any contact with the bank in relation to the defendant, I do not know how bank accounts are opened at the bank, I can only speak for my own bank.

“In the transaction the defendant made with my bank, GTB in 2010, the beneficiary of the transaction is American Express Services Ltd. I can see the name of the beneficiary clearly and the bank account of the beneficiary based on the document given to me by the prosecution.”

The witness had on Tuesday, explained how the defendant allegedly laundered funds to offshore accounts between 2009 and 2012.

Saraki was docked before the CCT on September 22, 2015, on a 13-count charge and latter re-arraigned on April 28, 2016, on an amended 16-count charge.

  • Source – Vanguard

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